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Taylor Swift Spends a Staggering $2.5 Million on a Mansion for Her Mom and Dad

In a move that pretty much locks up Daughter of the Year honors for her, Taylor Swift has plunked down $2.5 million on a 5,600-square-foot Nashville mansion for her mom and dad.

Let this be a lesson to you, parents: supporting your children’s dreams can really pay off. Big time.

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Randy Houser Gives Fiancee Engagement Ring with Eye-Popping 300 Diamonds

Sales in the music industry have been in a tailspin for the last 10 years, but a young songwriter can still make a pretty good living for himself with a hit or two under his belt.

For proof, look no further than the giant cluster of diamonds on the finger of Randy Houser‘s new fiancée, Jessa Lee Yantz.

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Taylor Swift Beats Out Paul McCartney for July Concert Crown

Time will tell if we’ll still need her when she’s 64, but last month, Taylor Swift was the biggest concert draw in the land — selling even more tickets than Paul McCartney.

According to numbers released by the ticketing service TicketsNow, Swift accounted for an amazing six percent of system-wide sales, good enough to place her sixth on the all-agency list of events for the month.

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Alan Jackson Tops CMT’s List of Country’s ’20 Greatest Men’

Trying to name the greatest man in country music seems like a pretty impossible task, but if you’re going to assemble the list, asking the folks at CMT to compile it seems like a pretty good place to start.

And with more than 25 chart-topping country hits (and more than 30 million albums sold in the US alone), it’s pretty hard to argue with Alan Jackson at number one.

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Lady Antebellum Scheduled to Perform on ‘SNL’ in October

They cleaned up at the last Grammys, have sold more than three million copies of their latest record, and are gearing up to release one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. What’s next for Lady Antebellum?

Performing on the next season of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for starters.

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Josh Kelley Reveals How He Ended Up on Miranda Lambert’s Song ‘Baggage Claim’

Between her upcoming solo album, ‘Four the Record,’ and her imminent debut with the Pistol Annies, it seems like Miranda Lambert is everywhere at once these days.

But Miranda isn’t the only one who’s working hard. In fact, Josh Kelley is another one of country’s busiest voices — and he joins her on her new single, ‘Baggage Claim.’

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Pistol Annies Reveal How They Came Together to Create New Album, ‘Hell on Heels’

Who’s the hottest new country act of the year? With one single to their name, a debut album still two weeks away from store shelves, and Miranda Lambert in the lineup, the answer just might be Pistol Annies.

The red-hot trio — consisting of Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe — recently sat down with Taste of Country to dish a little about their first album, ‘Hell on Heels,’ and discuss the balance between solo songwriting and life as a group.

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Kellie Pickler Is ‘Excited’ About Her New Album

It’s been almost three years since Kellie Pickler released her second album — but the wait for new music is almost over.

Pickler, who recently wrapped up recording on her next release, says fans can expect to hear her adopt a more traditional sound this time around.

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How Did Eric Church’s ‘Chief’ Album Land a #1 Debut?

With his first two albums, 2006′s ‘Sinners Like Me’ and 2009′s ‘Carolina,’ Eric Church enjoyed steadily, albeit modestly, increasing success — so you can imagine that a few industry eyebrows were raised when his latest release, ‘Chief,’ debuted at number one.

To celebrate Church’s first chart-topper, Billboard devoted a recent feature to analyzing his sales spike — and interviewing industry insiders who shared their theories about how it happened.

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Lauren Alaina’s ‘Like My Mother Does’ Video to Premiere on Monday

She might be on the road with this year’s American Idols Live Tour, but Lauren Alaina isn’t too busy to make plans for her upcoming debut album.

In fact, promotion for Alaina’s first CD will begin in earnest next week, when the video for her latest single, ‘Like My Mother Does,’ debuts on CMT.

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